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The Greatest NBA Team of All-Time


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This is an idea I've gotten from SportingNews Magazine. I'm going to type up a little bit about each team, which they are 10 of the best individual teams of all time and you guys decide who the best of the best is.

1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10)
This Chicago Bulls team was lead by three of the greatest defenders of all-time and arguably the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan. Not including the rest of the roster, Jordan, Pippen and Rodman combined for 3 Hall-of-Fames, 24 All-NBA First Team Defensive Players, 23 All-Star Apperances, 14 All-NBA First Teams and 3 Defensive Players of the Year.

1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (69-13)
This team, while not having as many wins as the 95-96 Bulls went on a 33-game winning streak during the regular season, still an NBA record.

Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West had combined for 3 Hall-of-Fames, 30 All-Stars, 18 All-NBA First Teams and 6 All-NBA First Team Defensive Players.

This does not include the stats of Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor, who himself had 11 All-Stars and 10 All-NBA First Teams, because he played in only 9-games this particular year.

1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers (65-17)
Another team with 3 Hall-of-Famers, this squad is best known for their run to the Finals in which they went 11-1 until running into a little "speed bump" known is the Boston Celtics in the Finals in which the Lakers won in 6.

It would be hard to argue against a team that has Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, all three Hall-of-Famers with a combined 39 All-Stars, 19 All-NBA First Teams and 5 All-NBA Defensive Players.

1985-86 Boston Celtics (67-15)
Now we get into the "Big Boys" of the 80's along with the above Lakers. This Boston Celtic's team had a total of 5 Hall-of-Famers at one point or another during the season. Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson were all superstars during the 80's and at one point helped the Celtic's to win 3 titles why they were there.

To take three players again because it would be unfair to the other teams if we compare stats of 3 players to 5, we'll take out Bill Walton and Dennis Johnson, both players whom spent a majority of their playing career with other teams.

Bird, McHale and Parish brought a total of 28 All-Stars, 10 All-NBA First Teams and 3 All-NBA First Teams.

1964-65 Boston Celtics (62-18)
A team best known for Bill Russell, the man who led these Celtics to 11 NBA Championships while he was there. Many Hall-of-Famers came from this team, regardless of stats because of the total Championships that have been won.

Bill Russell himself could've lead the Celtics to all of their Championships with his 12 All-Stars, 3 All-NBA First Teams, 8 All-NBA Second Teams and his 5 Most Valuable Player Awards, but he had help from Sam Jones who brought along 5 more All-Star and 3 All-NBA Second Teams.

1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (68-13)
On the list again, the great Wilt Chamberlain. One of the best rebounders to ever play the game and one of the best passing centers to ever play the game, he led the Philadelphia 76ers to a Championship during this season while averaging 24 points and rebounds a game, as well as almost 8 assists. Wilt, Cunningham and Greer all did their part during the 1966-67 year to help the Philadelphia 76ers bring home their second Championship ever.

1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers (65-17)
So many teams back in the day that were just amazing and you'd think nowadays, how'd they all co-exist? Their egos never seemed to get in the way like they do today. Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and others helped lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their third and final Championship this season.

1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (66-16)
Most people forget that at one time, the Milwaukee Bucks were actually a decent team. In this particular year, no one was going to stop the duo of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson and the help of Bob Dandridge and Jon McGlocklin. Kareem again led the team with his 31.7 points and 16 rebounds per game while Oscar added his 19.4 and 8 assists. This team was a great defensive team and worked their way to the NBA Finals for the teams first and only NBA Championship.

1991-92 Chicago Bulls (67-15)
This time Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen appear, but without the help of Dennis Rodman leading the way down under. At this time they had Horace Grant, a defensive specialst while with the Chicago Bulls while also picking up 10 rebounds per game this season. Thought no one will ever over look Michael Jordan who averaged 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and over 2 steals a game. Scottie Pippen was no slouch either, picking up 21 points, 7 assists and almost 8 rebounds per game and coming in at almost 2 steals. This team is well known for the defense of their star players.

1988-89 Detroit Pistons (63-19)
A team stacked from top to bottom, with current Hall-of-Famers such as Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman and possible future Hall-of-Famer Mark Aguirre, this team had offensive power at every end of the depth chart with the obvious exception being Rodman who brought along his amazing defense. They led the Pistons to the finals and picked up their first official NBA Championship.

So for everyone here, who do you feel was the best and why? This isn't meant for one word answers. Type something that you actually thought about out.